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Grand Prairie—Grand Prairie’s Parks, Arts and Recreation Department hosted a winter coat giveaway at the Dalworth Recreation Center on Saturday, Dec. 18.

As memories of last year’s winter storm still haunt residents, members of the Parks, Arts and Recreation Department wanted to provide coats for those who need them.

“With Snovid-19 or Snowmageddon, we want to make sure people have something to keep their kids warm if we have to deal with that winter weather again,”Parks, Arts and Recreation supervisorMonte Whetstone said.

The department has always done the toy giveaway, but this is the first time they added coats.

“It was a lot worse than some people thought,” Whetstone said. “There are places like Conroe, Texas, where a family lost a child during that time.”

People needed to pre-register to receive a coat or toy.

“For everyone who registered, we have jackets and toys,” Whetstone said. “When you have a smaller, limited inventory, it can be hard to service everybody. It’s always good to have a pre-registration in place.

“One of our volunteers, Mrs. Mary, donated some jackets. We did have to sponsor some more coats [after registration ended].”

“I brought in some coats, some used, but I had them dry cleaned,” volunteer Mary Delagarza said.“Then I went and bought some.[I’m excited for] the ability to give to people. I hope this becomes an annual event.”

About 80 families with 100 kids were expected to participate in the event.

“You have to keep in mind that people are doing things all over the city,” Whetstone said. “Some are bigger, and some aren’t as big.”